Heeney Earns Student Award at ISAPP Annual Meeting in Finland

This year’s International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) annual meeting is being held June 7–9, in Turku, Finland. The ISAPP is an association of academic and industrial scientists involved in research on fundamental and applied aspects of probiotics and prebiotics. The scientists participating in ISAPP have a common interest in generating high-quality scientific information for the probiotic and prebiotic fields and providing guidance for collaborative and multidisciplinary research.

Attending the meeting and winning this year’s ‘Best Poster’ presentation award is student, Dustin Heeney. Heeney is a Ph.D. student working under the guidance of Dr. Maria Marco in the microbiology graduate group at UC Davis, and a member of the Marco lab in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. The Marco lab specializes in the study of multiple aspects of lactic acid bacteria, including microbial physiology and host microbe interactions.

The topic of Heeney’s winning poster was, Lactobacillus plantarum improves metabolic outcomes and informs colonic immune state in mice fed a high fat diet.”

(L-R) Dr. Gonca Pasin and Dr. Maria Marco congratulate Dustin Heeney on his award for best poster at this year's annual ISAPP meeting in Turku, Finland in June.

(L-R) Dr. Gonca Pasin and Dr. Maria Marco congratulate Dustin Heeney on his award for best poster at this year’s annual ISAPP meeting in Turku, Finland in June.

Also attending the three-day invitation-only event is Dr. Gonca Pasin, executive director of the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF), whose organization works closely with both the ISAPP and UC Davis toward the mutual goals of advancing scientific knowledge and sharing.

“We are very proud of him,” Pasin said. “And what an honor and testimony of Dr. Marco’s leadership.”

— ISAPP is the only scientific organization dedicated specifically to probiotics and prebiotics, bringing together scientists from all pertinent disciplines, including food science, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, nutrition and medicine. ISAPP was formally established in August 2002 as a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation in California. For more information on ISAPP, please visit their website.